Monday, May 4, 2009

KERF, Dinner, Cinco De Mayo (early)

Hey Everyone! Hope your weekend went well. My Sunday was very nice. I headed out to the beach and laid out for a few hours with a friend. Afterwards, I met up briefly with Kath, who is in the area for a friends wedding. Kath and Matt are even sweeter in person than I thought they would be. Kath and I posed for a quick pic:



After our brief meet up, I ran some errands and went home to make up some dinner and relax! I made a big steak and brussels for Josh:

And a random salad mix for me (brussels, jicama, broccoli slaw, apple topped with a little olive oil and red wine vinegar):


Josh and I also had some yummy desserts of berries and nut butter!
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I wanted to post this very cinco de mayo appropriate recipe today (in case anyone is looking for ideas). For some reason I forgot to pull the pic off my camera so I will post it later.
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Homemade "Refried" beans from Eating Well/Food Network:
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Ingredients:
1 teaspoon oil
1 small onion, chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, chopped
2 15-ounce cans white beans, rinsed
3/4 cup canned diced tomatoes with green chiles or tomato salsa (I used a combination or taco and tomato sauce because Josh doesn't look tomato chunks)
1/4 cup shredded Monterey Jack or Cheddar cheese (optional)
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Directions:
Place a pan over medium heat. Add oil, onion and jalapeno and cook until beginning to soften, 1 to 2 minutes. Add beans and tomatoes (or salsa/tomato sauce/taco sauce); cook, stirring often, until heated through, about 3 minutes. Transfer the bean mixture to a medium bowl and mash with a potato masher (or back of a spoon/fork) until creamy but still slightly chunky. Stir in cheese.
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This was really yummy! It makes a TON of beans, so be prepared to have leftovers :). Picture to come later! Enjoy your Monday!!

44 comments:

Pearl said...

have a lovely monday!
that cinco de mayo recipe sounds great :) can't wait to see the photo!

Krista said...

Awesome blogger meet up!!! I am jea;ous of your tank tops!! :)

elise said...

SO jealous of that weather! how fun to meet up with kath. i love jicima, i should def make that slaw/salad creation - very summery.

as for the wedding planning - it is actually going well. we decided on the location and the date, so now we can breathe easy for a bit at least. the guest list is the next hurtle...

Leah @ Simply Fabulous said...

Fun meet up!

Dinner looks fab!

Enjoy your Monday :)

Kristin said...

Hola! Just found you through Kath's blog, just wanted to say hello because I also live in Charleston :)

Looking forward to reading more!

Alison said...

Yummy looking sprouts salad! Interesting idea to use white beans for refried beans.

redheadedjournal said...

Oh, those beans sound delish!

just me said...

yay for meeting up w/ Kath! so much fun!!!

Mom on the Run said...

That bean recipe sounds great!!

Courtney (The Hungry Yogini) said...

SO glad you got to meet Kath!! That's awesome!

GreenDogWine said...

so fun that you got to meet kath :) love that salad - i haven't had jicama in forever - i think i need to buy some!

lilveggiepatch said...

I am SO happy you posted this recipe... I don't know why but I've had such a craving for refried beans recently and I never used to even eat them that much!

Lovely blogger meet-up!

Balance, Joy and Delicias! said...

woooo.... you met the famous Kath and Matt in person!!! so fun!~~ :D

Holly said...

Awwww - the pic of you 2 is so cute! So fun that you got to meet up. :-)

Kristin said...

Thank ya! I live downtown and work in Mt. P off Coleman!

Mrs. LC said...

Erica, you are the cutest!!

I just tried jicama recently and it's wonderful! so yum!

Erin of Care to Eat said...

Oh Erica, you look BEAUTIFUL!!!!! I love your tan and that color on you is so gorgeous - very summer :)

Sharon said...

Oh wow, that is so cool to have had a meet up!

Esi said...

Hope you're having a good Monday. Sounds like your weekend was awesome!

K from ksgoodeats said...

Aw, two of my favorite bloggers meeting up! Glad you guys could catch up :)

That refried bean dish sounds fantastic!! I hope you have a great Monday!!

CaSaundraLeigh said...

So awesome you got to meet Kath! She looks like such a fun person, as do you! =)

jenngirl said...

What a fun blogger meet up! And your picture makes me want to be laying out in the sun right now...

Happy (early) Cinco de Mayo!

Quinn said...

Thanks for that recipe!

Sweetie Pie said...

I love beans so much. That recipe sounds really great and would be useful for so many dishes!!

I'm glad you had a great meet up. What fun!

Diana said...

What a cute picture!

It sounds like you had a really great weekend! :)

Maria said...

Glad you had fun! I love your dinner salad. Josh doesn't eat red meat but does enjoy chicken and pork. Luckily he usually fixes it on his own:) I don't mind, but it is nice when he does..ha! Have a good week!!

Heather said...

ohh. i love the refried beans recipe!! yum :) and i'm so jealous of your tan!!!

Michelle @ Find Your Balance said...

Oooh a blogger meetup! Fun! And I love the idea of making your own refried beans. Out of the can is nowhere near as good :-)

Brooke (HomegirlCanEat) said...

Cute picture!! That salad looks super summery and lovely!

Lauren said...

Hey!

I just found your blog through Kath's page. You are too cute and your website is great!

I get so many of my recipes from Foodnetwork too! I love those Rachel Ray stuffed shells.

Nice to meet you and take care! :)

Julie said...

what a cute meetup!!

I Run for Fun said...

Cute pic! The refried beans sounds yummy. How do your salads look so delicious and fresh???

ttfn300 said...

fun times! and i'm loving that salad with jicama :)

Kerstin said...

The beans sound yummy and healthy! How cool you got to meet another blogger!

Amandaaa said...

yayyy! meet-ups are funnnn!

ChickPea said...

Yay for meet-ups and brussels sprouts!

seekinghealthybalance said...

I've just found your site through Katheats - I bet you two had a great time!

That recipe looks amazing, I love refried beans so will have to give this a try (I also love leftovers!)

Sarah W. said...

my laptop is on the fritz which is why i haven't been able to blog or comment on blogs! - doing this from work now since my boss isn't in..eek

You have such a great body (I saw the full pic on Kath's site) how awesome you got to meet her. ahhh I would LOVE to live in charleston or charlotte!!!!

having a hard time convincing my hubby that we should move south!

Danielle said...

What a fun weekend! And the weather must have been nice! I'm wishing and hoping for the warm weather to come back here soon!

Kath said...

Hey there's me!!!

Lovely to meet you Erica :)

Kristin said...

Yes, we should definitely do coffee or something some time! Now that I'm done marathon training I feel like I have a ridiculous amount of free time, it's such a weird feeling!

I work 8-5 in Mt. P so anytime in the morning I could leave for coffee, or we could meet up after work. Just shoot me an email at ChasRunner at gmail dot com. :)

The Blonde Duck said...

Refried beans! Hooray! Perfect for tonights dinner!

Priscilla said...

Ooh, dinner looks wonderful. I am so jealous you have the beach and tanning at your fingertips!

eatingbender said...

How awesome that you got to meet up with Kath! I love blogger meet ups :o) I hope that one day I will have the chance to meet YOU!

I love refried beans. But "refried" beans sound even better!